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president of the 1925 golf street cooperation which is a cooperative building that extends into the park. i'm here to support the department of recreation and park to erect the 520 square foot building for storage and equipment in lafayette park. a properly designed, relative unob trusive building for the maintenance of the park.
this building was reviewed at open public meetings, more than one. and there were a few, if any objections, either to the building itself, or its location. because of previous objections has now delayed things, as much as two months. this has greatly extended the period in which we have experienced a lot of dust, dirt, noise, and vibration of our building. we can no longer get a clear view out of our windows. we have increased dirt and dust in all of our surfaces. we know vibrations in our computers and
desks and a dusty, dirty building is growing mold. so further delays in construction will only prolong our concerns, our problems and our discomforts. so i would urge that this project go forward with no further delays. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> hi i'm kathy sailor. i'm here up here to basically reiterate some of what i have heard. you have seen this letter from the pacific heights resident associate supporting the denial of this permit for two valid reasons. the first one is the size of the maintenance facility and the fact it's going to house green waste from around the city.
i know the permit only says it's going to be 500 square feet, but by the time you add up the containers, the green waste and extra asphalt to get up there and ada parking spaces, all the other documents says it was 500 square feet. the original size of the container and green waste was 280 zet. so we're seeing a dramatic increase in the size of this maintenance facility from the old size to the new size. i don't know why we need to do that. i think there are other parks as miss hobson said there are over 200 parks and surely there is another park that can act as the central green waste for other parks and let's leave lafayette park just for lafayette park. on the subject of the archaeological study, you have already seen this letter, but this was the letter to the consultant to do an archaeological study. the cost
was approximately $4,000, which seems like a fairly small amount to do a archaeological study and today was the first time i heard there was an archeologic report and i have not seen that report. so if they have done a review and go on record there is nothing on the summit, where is that report? i have not seen it. we have asked for finances and we want to see where the money is being spent. we're very concerned about financials. this is really the only document we have received. it's extremely high-level. what we found interesting in here is that we have, in fact, engaged this consultant. the one who was on this record that we wanted to have the archaeological study. we paid him $14,500. i don't know for what, we haven't seen any report.
i guess in summary, i just want to say that i hope that this permit is denied. i don't believe what they are doing here is right. i don't think they have done the requisite reviews. i think the study needs to be done at the summit. thank you. >> thank you. is there any other public comment? >> hi. i would like to make a couple of comments. the fact that miss gallagher brings to your attention are to bring to the attention not very high-quality done there by the department of parks and recreation planning this project. and the fact that the permits were not fileded and obtained prior to construction, and
which delayed the construction should not be blamed miss gallagher, but clearly somebody else's oversight. and recently i have learned that the construction includes building of a green waste area. and and to have this green waste area located in the middle of the park on the summit, seems to be very, very poor choice and poor decision, and to allow the dump trucks basically to be able to drive through the park across the park to get to this green waste area also seems to be very, very poor planning. having a plaza park a few blocks away would not increase driving and this park already has an area that is used for green waste. and it's nicely blocked with trees, and would not be as
support miss gallagher's appeal. i was one of the people at the meeting which the historian for 30-45 minutes sat in supervisor farrell's office and very calmly and very competently described what he had viewed personally as the archaeological remains at the summit. at that time, we were told, i believe it was primarily -- that they would be looking into that. we have been asking for documents. since oh, i don't know, maybe the last hearing i have been trying to get hold of the mayor's office on disability and mr. kevin jensen regard something questions with the ada. no response except for one partially responsive answer. i don't understand city people not providing questions to their constituency. i am a disabled individual. right now the road to the shed
requires that the cars pass over the ada access path. that is very dangerous for people who may be using that. we have seen cars in that park for years. we have photographs of cars in the park that are from the people from raj goldberg. i rec and park and i have a picture that shows that the shed is absolutely smack dab in the middle of one of the historic panels that we were told had to be saved. i have also seen the information submitted to design review and this was on a plan, not a picture.
and we compared those, and we cannot see that anything was changed. these are our concerns. i know that the ada parking space up there is not needed, but if you put a workshop up there, rather than a shed, you do need to have it. possibly. it's not even clear on that. and i have asked from the mayor's office of disability and mr. jensen information regarding that. also the historic review report was inadequate. it didn't mention davidson's observatory and they described things up there that were not part of the mansion, which we could have told them, but they overlooked that. we're asking that the same thing that they require for all of these other projects in the city, when archaeological things may be found that they do a report and provide it to the public as we have asked.
thank you. any other public speakers? if not we'll start rebuttal. miss gallagher, you have three minutes of rebuttal. >> a lot of concern delay about the park and why? until august 22, when she was told by a local historian, whose credibility she actually entrusts, on july 17th, that there were ruins of the household house there. household's house is not just a little house. this is one of the most disputed propertis in the city's history and the carrier report, this ch was the
historic review evaluation, the basis of the entire review they specifically state that this property was very important to the history of this park. so why destroy it? in fact, mr. richards explains in order to preserve this, they need to maintain those paths. that is part of what you were shone with the picture from miss lovelock and these paths are removed in order to make way for the storage facility and we don't understand what is wrong with using the storage facility down below? children have been playing nearby that storage building since it was built in the '70s. if you think that these doodles are the same as these plans and commissioner hwang you are
familiar with these plans. there are no bubbles or clouds to indicate change in location. if you look at the north and east indicators, nothing has changed. so i don't know what civic design -- how they could have possibly been removed? as for what has been destroyed up there, if you look at this as what this claiming is the trail and you look at what has been the same material. we pointed out those remains moved across that summit space. this was the davidson observatory, as well as the holiday house and it's not something that should be treated lightly. as far as the ada review, please look at that permit, stamped from november of 2011. these plans weren't issues until august of 2012 because they were forced to go back and redesign several elements one of which was a change. we're told it's a misnomer that
it's called a workshop, container a. if it's not longer a workshop, the ada review is not relevant. because storage is not a principle activity and does not require parking. what does require parking is the new picnic areas that do not have any accessibility, despite the violation of ada and local laws. i think this needs further review and i ask you to please deny this permit or at least give those people interested in this, the 120 people who signed the petition of about saving the trees that the park, rather than taking them down in order to put in a maintenance shed. please, give us some time and give us some records so we can show you exactly what is going on here. >> thank you, miss hobson. >> i am going respond to a couple of new issues that were
raised. i just wanted to respond to the discussion about historian rand richards. we certainly expect mr. richards as a historian and he is well-versed in the history of san francisco, but he not an archaeologist. i don't ask for his opinion as a final determination on the presence of archaeological resources at the site. though i find him to be a very reliable and good source of history of the park. and so we have consulted him on many occasions. and respect his opinion. i did want to say that i also thought it was interesting that one of the speakers brought up that they had photographs of cars in the park, and one of the arguments by the appellant is that cars have not been present in the park and yet they have said look there were
cars in the park historically and that is actually the truth. up -- prior to this renovation, the gardener's shed was used as the storage facility and vehicles were always driving around it to pick up equipment. it was a conscious decision to abandon that building for that purpose and move storage to the summit because the playground is being modified with a $500,000 gift from the community. this is going to be a large state-of-the-art playground with a lot of children. it's not going to be the little, you know, 500 square feet tot lot that was there before. we don't want vehicle traffic around the play area. that is why using that gardener's shed is not appropriate going forward after this renovation happens. and then finally i did want to say i think that the neighbors of atilla plaza park might have something to say about the idea
of moving this maintenance facility to atilla plaza park. my park is too good for it and put it to another park is really a disingenuous argument. we have ada representatives here in the audience and can certainly speak to the issues regarding the need for parking space at this facility. i trust his opinion. he is an expert. thank you. >> mr. sanchez. >> just briefly the location of the storage shed, the staff
has no issues with it. thank you. >> the matter is submitted. >> commissioners? >> well, i really don't have much to say in addition to what i have heard here tonight. i don't believe that there is any basis -- there is not sufficient evidence to show me that this permit was issued in error. i believe the permit does meet the requirements of the planning code, the building code and the ada. >> i would echo that, and would add that when there are comments made about a facility such as the storage or green waste facility could go to any other park, it suggest to me it's not an issue specific to lafayette park, it's an issue that somebody just doesn't want it and if it's not good enough for lafayette park it's good
for somebody else's park and that does not help me persuade me to see that point of view and so i would concur. >> some of the issues brought up today where r better brought up in front of the parks and recreation commission. we're dealing with permits and whether the issues related to expenditures, how it was approached in terms of certain presentations, and other things, it's really a question of management. and that doesn't necessarily rise to the level of dealing with the entitlements inherent here. is there a motion, commissioners? >> yes, i would move to deny the appeal for the reasons stated in the briefs submitted by parks and recreation.
>> >> when you are ready. >> we have a motion from commissioner hurtado to deny this appeal and uphold the permit. on the basis stated in the respondent brief from recreation and park on that motion vice president fung? >> aye. >> president hwang is absent. commissioner [hra*-urs/]? >> aye. >> the vote is 3-0 and the permit is upheld on that basis. >> thank you. we'll call the next item. >> you want to break, madame director, commissioners? a short break? okay. sure. ? >> we'll take a break. >> two-minute break. [ gavel ] >> welcome to the october 24th, 2012 meeting of the san francisco board of appeals and
we're calling item no. 6, appeal metropol regarding non-compliance by the jones restaurant and bar, with the conditions of approval under conditional use motion no. 17565, specifically condition no. 8, related to the hours of operations for the outdoor area. and we will start with the appellant. or the appellant's representative, please step forward, you have seven minutes. >> good evening, commissioners, i'm here on behalf of the metropol cooperation, the owner and operator of jones here in the city. >> would you state your name for the record.
>> peter glikshtern. the planning commission erred in their determination for us to operate as jones. in any event the conditional use permit made available by the planning commission to the public at the time we were doing our due diligence with regard to the property placed into restriction on the hours of operation. in the summer of 2009, metropol corporation was formed and entered into a long-term lease, purchased a liquor license and made improvements to the property at 620 jones. to-date we have invest more than $2.5 million in the subject property to create the restaurant and bar know known as jones. furthermore metropol has a lease and other long-term liabilities of over $500,000 per an numb. the planning department's
determination and zoning administrator's subsequent upholding of this determination that the above referenced property -- i'm sorry -- is in violation of the planning code is actually in[kr-ebgts/]. our restaurant is located in the basement at the 620 jones street and its address and entrance is at 620 jones. furthermore, the findings section of motion 17565, which you have copies, cation no.
207-137 -- 1382c. paragraph 2, describes our patio as "an open air garden that is accessible only to the basement revel of the gaylord hotel located at 620 jones street.." as such the roof of the building at 560 geary street is an extension. accordingly the existing bar and restaurant use at the basement of 620 jones street is a permitted use and extension to our patio is also a principally permitted use because the only matter of accessing the patio is through the basement of the building at 620 jones. therefore, no condition use permit is required. this argument aside, we relied
on the conditional use permit that was publicly available on the website of the planning department as further assurance that our business complied with all applicable regulatory commitments and specifically in making investments at 620 jones we relied on information provided bit planning department on its official website. specifically the planning department website contained a conditional use permit on may 13, 2008 at the request of a group which undertook to develop the property prior to us. the conditional use permit provided on the planning department's website set forth seven conditions. none of which limits the establishment hours of operations. i believe you all have a copy of that conditional use perform. we were all therefore very, very surprised by the planning
department's march 5th enforcement notification alleging that jones was subject to further conditions including a requirement that the outdoor area close at 12:00 midnight. both the enforcement notification ubsquent note of penalty include a copy of the conditional use permit. the copy of conditional use permit, which we have not seen prior to the enforcement notification, conflicted the case that was available to the public. the planning department sets the rules of the game. they have an obligation to adhere to the rules that they themselves set. it's intrinsically unfair for the planning department to effectively change the rules after the fact. to reiterate, we relied on the
publicly available information provided by the planning department in making our investment of more than $2.5 million to develop jones. entering into a long-term lease, hiring staff, doing all of it. the publicly available information provided by the planning department did not indicate that there were any restrictions with regard to hours of operations. the operation of the outdoor area from 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. is of absolute crucial importance to the success of jones. the outdoor area represents fully two-thirds of our total square footage. it's what makes us unique in all of san francisco and northern california, really. we viewed the outdoor area specifically as a source of differentiation and competitive advantage. these are the other premises, and marketed our project to investors accordingly. when you go to our website, the first thing you see is our slogan, our tag line.
it reads, "take it outside." have we reason to believe we would be required to shut the outdoor area at 12:00 midnight we would have neither made the investment or entered into our lease. enforcing such a restriction now when we have relied on public records made electronically available by the planning department's website would substantially impair our reasonable expectation of realizing a return on our investment. our attorney inserted that language. i am here to tell you that enforcing this restriction will likely put an end to an otherwise successful new business in the city of san francisco that is creating jobs and helping to make our city a more vibrant place to live and work. i sincerely hope that you will side with us on this matter. thank you for your time and consideration. > >> i have several questions. anybody else?
first is when you did your due diligence, did you run a title check? >> i'm sure our architect did that, yes. >> was it recorded and therefore show up on title searches (yes, sir, and this one did. it wasn't that we weren't away of the cu the cu publicly available only had seven conditions. >> i understand what you looked at it on the website, was that also correct and you went down to the county's recorder's office and look at what is there? >> no, sir. >> okay. have there been complaints against the outdoor usage? >> i don't know, sir. i'm not aware of any complaints, specific complaints. >> okay. and to what degree do you think that the outdoor